Mar 27, 2014

Death-defying diplomacy when Abbott’s three-ring circus rolls into Asia

Tony Abbott will be trying to appease China, Japan and South Korea on his upcoming Asian tour. Competing interests, a lack of planning and a whirlwind itinerary mean the trip will be fraught.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

After embarrassing missteps over imperial honours, Tony Abbott will try to make up for some foreign policy howlers when he visits China next month as part of the most ambitious offshore trip by an Australian prime minister in living memory. But he’ll have to do some serious diplomatic acrobatics to avoid making things worse.

Backed by a trailing entourage of three ministers, 20 CEOs, hundreds of Australian business-folk and a busload of advisers, Abbott will visit Australia’s No. 1, 2 and 4 trading partners: China, Japan and South Korea. Together they make up 40% of Australia’s two-way trade.

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8 thoughts on “Death-defying diplomacy when Abbott’s three-ring circus rolls into Asia

  1. katas

    T’would be excellent if PM was encouraged to wear his bucket plus a visor on the Asian junket, might save us and his hosts from more ghastly gaffes and arrogance from Sir Ignoramus.

  2. klewso

    As Prime Minister of Shamalot – maybe he could kick-off with a little song and dance number? Something catchy and pithy … “I like Chinese”?

  3. klewso

    I thought Paul Syvret’s “Sir PosiTory of Wisdom” was quite clever?

  4. paddy

    I’m with Katas. That bucket might be the only thing likely that’s going to save Tony. He even looks terrified dealing with Australian opposition pollies.
    I hate to think how he’ll handle being stir-fried by the Chinese.

  5. The Pav

    I am going to hide in the outback where ther is no television so I do not have to endure the pain of witnessing Abbotts nausea inducing cringe creating interaction with foreigners.

    To annoy China by supporting out loud Japanese rearmament is an act of stupidity that defies adequate description apart from the disrespect shown to Australian vets.

    My father is still carrying around some Japanese scrap metal and while he has forgiven ( the maid of honour at my wedding was Japanese) there is no way he can accept Japanese re-armamment or is this just another case of Abbott using his military expertise of “sh&t happens”.

    I would have thought rather than re-arming Japan wouldn’t it be better to “grow the peace”

  6. Liamj

    I hope Sir Pository will piss the Chinese off enough to sink the trade deal, but after G.W.Bush they must know an electoral muppet when they see one and will just do business with the grownups behind the scenes… another win for democracy, ha ha.

  7. AR

    Will Sir PosiTory acquire a nick-name, like his hero’s hero Pig Iron Bob? Something like Chilled Beef or Iron Ore Abbott?

  8. BSA Bob

    “I think this is a very reasonable thing for Japan to want. Japan has been a very good international citizen for a very long time now, and I think it’s more than time to put the tragedies of the WWII era behind us and embrace the future.”
    Reminds me of his Indonesia’s co operation’s getting better line.
    I’d reckon that with condescending remarks like that he’s already pissed off Japan too.

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